• "Pete the Cat" author to visit Oklahoma libraries

    Ken Raymond | Updated: 1 min ago

    No. 1 New York Times best-selling children's author Eric Litwin will perform three times in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area next week. Litwin is the author of "Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes" and its three sequels. He has also written the new musical series "The Nuts." He will perform at two libraries: — 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa. — 12:45 and 1:45 p.m. at Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S Walker Ave. "We're excited to have Eric visit our libraries," Kristin Williamson, children's outreach coordinator, said in a news release. "His program is a combination of interactive storytelling and music.

  • OU, OSU's highest salaries go to athletics, medicine

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 min ago

    Figures provided by the universities show Bob Stoops was the highest paid person at OU last year at more than $5.4 million, and Mike Gundy was OSU’s highest paid individual at nearly $3 million.

  • OSSAA announces online ticket sales for Class 6A football championships

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 8 min ago

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Wednesday that tickets for next week’s Class 6A-I and Class 6A-II championship games are now available online at www.ossaa.com. In Class 6A-I, three-time defending champion Jenks faces Broken Arrow at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The Class 6A-II matchup features defending champion Bixby against Sand Springs at Tulsa Union High School. Tickets for each game are $7. Fox Sports Oklahoma will televise the Class 6A-I game, while the NFHS Network will broadcast the Class 6A-II, Class B and Class C championship games on www.nfhsnetwork.com, which is a pay-per-view site.

  • Press Row Podcast: The Bedlam of our dreams and the Thunder's best player

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 17 min ago

    Is this year's Bedlam the Bedlam of our dreams? And who is really the Thunder's best player? Find out in this week's episode of the Press Row Podcast.

  • Arrest made in Cleveland County arson fire

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    An arrest has been made in connection with an arson fire. Authorities have not released the name of the woman whose body was found in a burning mobile home near Newalla

  • Coming soon: More immigrants from Muslim nations than population of D.C. - 680,000

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    President Obama's open-door immigration policy is set to accept more immigrants from Muslim nations over the next five years than the entire population of Washington, D.C., according to federal documents. Figures from the Department of Homeland Security show that the president has already issued 680,000 green cards to immigrants from Muslim nations over the past five years. Unless Congress changes his policy, that number will be repeated in the next five years. What's more, the president is also planning to add over 100,000 more with refugee status, many from Syria. Refugees can also petition the government for their relatives.

  • OGE Energy names Trauschke chairman

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    He will succeed Pete Delaney, who is retiring.

  • Woman ordered to pay $600 for throwing rock at drone

    Updated: 55 min ago

    HARWICK, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to pay $600 for hurling driveway gravel at her next-door neighbor's drone. Mark Shock says he was finishing up a flight in Harwick on Aug. 30 when Martina Wlodarski hurled a stone and hit the remote-controlled aircraft. A video shows the drone going haywire after being hit. Shock says two blades flew off and nearly hit him in the face. Wlodarski says she was frightened by the 3.5-pound aircraft and acted in self-defense. Criminal mischief charges were dropped on Monday as the neighbors agreed that Wlodarski would pay Shock restitution.

  • What are you thankful for?

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON, tgibson@opubco.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    What are you thankful for? We asked a few people in downtown Oklahoma City to write down what they're thankful for this holiday season.

  • Hargis thankful for OU's support, looking forward to Bedlam

    Kathryn McNutt | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Addressing the Downtown Rotary Club 29 on Tuesday, Oklahoma State University’s president said he is thankful for the many acts of sacrifice and bravery shown to the OSU community following last month’s homecoming parade tragedy. “I want to say thank you to everybody that has been so supportive of us,” President Burns Hargis said. Hargis – who earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from OSU and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma – said he really appreciated OU’s support on that day. “I’m thankful for OU flying our flag on the field. I’m thankful for them singing our alma mater,” he said. Hargis said he is looking forward to

  • Ukraine stops buying Russian gas, closes airspace

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor. Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and its support for separatist rebels in the east has brought relations between the two countries to a post-Soviet low. Ukraine has since been trying to cut its dependence on Russian gas. Russia's state-controlled gas company, Gazprom, said Wednesday that it stopped sending gas to Ukraine on Wednesday morning and will supply no more because Ukraine has not paid in advance for more deliveries.

  • LIVE: Daniel Holtzclaw trial - Day 14

    By Kyle Schwab | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Follow live updates below from the trial of Daniel Ken Holtzclaw. The Oklahoman's Kyle Schwab will be providing updates from the courtroom.

  • Whole Foods Thanksgiving turkeys endure ‘horrific conditions’ at Calif. farm, activists say

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, an animal-rights activist group has alleged “horrific conditions” at a farm that supplies Whole Foods turkeys — and that the farm is just part of the grocery chain’s misleading claims about the welfare of the animals whose meat it sells. In a report titled “A Deadly Feast: What you are not told about your Thanksgiving turkey,” an advocacy group called Direct Action Everywhere, known as “DxE,” alleged that Diestel Turkey Ranch operated one “picture perfect” farm with about 400 animals in Sonora, Calif. This farm, the group said, was certified “5+” in an animal-welfare system adopted by Whole Foods. (“Step 1″ is the lowest rating for suppliers who want to be certified: “no cages, no crates, no crowding.” “Step 5+” is the highest: “animal centered, entire life on same farm” with extensive outdoor access.) However, DxE claimed, “no turkeys raised at the 5+ Sonora farm are actually sold at Whole Foods or anywhere else.”

  • The Latest: French Parliament debates Syria airstrikes

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the war in Syria, including Russian warplane shot down by Turkey. All times local: 6:30 p.m. France's lower house of Parliament is debating whether to extend airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after the group claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in Paris. The government is trying to rally global action against the group. French fighter jets joined the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists in Iraq in 2014, and expanded their mission to Islamic State targets in Syria in September. President Francois Hollande cited specific threats against French interests stemming from IS in Syria.

  • Oklahoma volunteers: Meet Mary Lou Brown

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    'Tis the season for giving back and helping others. And to highlight some of the causes Oklahomans are getting involved with, we'll feature an Oklahoma volunteer each day this week, leading up to Thanksgiving.

  • Pastor among seven charged with murder of teen in New York church

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The pastor of an insular New York church was one of seven people charged on Tuesday with the murder of a young man who wanted to leave the congregation and the assault of his brother. Lucas Leonard, 19, was beaten to death in October over 10 hours during a “spiritual counselling” session at the Word of Life Church in the town of Chadwicks, New York State. His brother, Christopher, 17, received blunt force injuries when he was repeatedly struck during the same session, which was being held because Lucas Leonard wanted to leave the congregation, prosecutors said.

  • Banned pesticide found in Colorado marijuana

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    (CNN)It's been nearly two years since recreational pot was legalized in Colorado and the thriving pot industry has hit some hurdles in the form of potential dangers to consumers. Pesticides that are illegal to use on marijuana plants in Colorado are being found in some recreational and medical pot products being marketed and sold to the public -- leading to product recalls, plant quarantines and even a class-action lawsuit involving people who say they would not have inhaled the product had they known illegal pesticides were used on them. Pesticide testing is not mandatory for pot businesses in Colorado, nor are they subject to random pesticide testing, as are other crops, according to Mitch Yergert of the state's agriculture department. Pot businesses generally are left to self-regulate pesticides use, though officials say they are working to come up with a plan for better oversight.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Jason Kersey

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Share your thoughts, questions and concerns going into the Bedlam game Saturday with OU writer Jason Kersey at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth stars in effort to 'erase' breast cancer

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth returned to Oklahoma recently to speak at Celebrate Pink OKC, a fundraising luncheon and fashion show benefiting Oklahoma Project Woman, an organization that provides breast health care services for people with no health insurance and limited financial resources. The cause is personal for Chenoweth, whose mother and beloved voice teacher, among others, both are breast cancer survivors.

  • SH 74 and N Portland Avenue four-way stop due to damage to signal lights Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The intersection of State Highway 74 and NW 164 will be a four-way stop Wednesday due to damage to signal lights. Motorists should expect significant delays in northwest Oklahoma City.